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Principal Scientist, Medicinal Chemistry

Cambridge, Massachusetts, United States
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Apr 6, 2023

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Is the number of chemists globally at the Novartis Institutes for Biomedical Research (NIBR) who will be your colleagues, collaborators, mentors, and guides in the creation of new medicines. Global Discovery Chemistry, working across seven disease areas at NIBR, is seeking a highly talented and motivated chemist to join our team in Cambridge, MA.

Here, we value your ideas, professional development, and career aspirations. You will collaborate with and learn from curious colleagues across multiple scientific subject areas; you will have opportunities to explore the power of innovative science and technology; you will be empowered to take sensible risks and to use your creativity and resourcefulness to tackle the world’s toughest medical challenges.

We are looking for individuals with expertise in chemical science and scientific leadership skills.

Successful candidates are:

* Insightful, collaborative, and decisive project contributors
* Driven by the goal to create new medicines with urgency
* Creative and curious lab-based scientists
* Dynamic individuals with high learning agility.

Your Responsibilities include:

* Contribute at all stages of the drug discovery process, from project inception to early development.
* Apply experience and innovative methods to solve challenges in compound synthesis and diversification; advise other chemists locally and globally on matters of organic chemistry.
* Work closely with other experts in multi-disciplinary teams to analyze complex data, identify key drug discovery issues, propose creative solutions, and execute on medicinal chemistry designs that guide teams to success and decision points.
* Develop leadership skills to help drive project strategy and provide insightful guidance to tackle medicinal chemistry problems.

Diversity & Inclusion / EEO

The Novartis Group of Companies are Equal Opportunity Employers and take pride in maintaining a diverse environment. We do not discriminate in recruitment, hiring, training, promotion or other employment practices for reasons of race, color, religion, gender, national origin, age, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, marital or veteran status, disability, or any other legally protected status. We are committed to building diverse teams, representative of the patients and communities we serve, and we strive to create an inclusive workplace that cultivates bold innovation through collaboration and empowers our people to unleash their full potential.

Minimum Requirements

What You Will Bring to the Role:

* PhD organic chemistry with 5-8 years of industrial experience; BS or MS with equivalent experience
* A record of scientific achievement from the lab exemplified by peer-reviewed publications, conference presentations, and/or patent inventorship
* Strong laboratory presence and experience mentoring scientists
* Outstanding communication skills
* Strong digital skills
* A natural curiosity and desire for learning and growth

Desirable Skills:

* Neuroscience experience and/or CRO experience

Why Consider Novartis?

766 million. That’s how many lives our products touched in 2021. And while we’re proud of that fact, in this world of digital and technological transformation, we must also ask ourselves this: how will we continue to improve and extend even more people’s lives?

We believe the answers are found when curious, courageous and collaborative people like you are brought together in an inspiring environment. Where you’re given opportunities to explore. Where you’re empowered to take smart risks, and where you’re surrounded by people who share your determination to tackle the world’s toughest medical challenges.

Imagine what you could do at Novartis!

Commitment to Diversity & Inclusion:

Novartis embraces diversity, equal opportunity and inclusion. We are committed to building diverse teams, representative of the patients and communities we serve, and we strive to create an inclusive workplace that cultivates bold innovation through collaboration, and empowers our people to unleash their full potential.

The pay range for this position at commencement of employment is expected to be between $112,800 and $169,200 however, while salary ranges are effective from 1/1/23 through 12/31/23, fluctuations in the job market may necessitate adjustments to pay ranges during this period. Further, final pay determinations will depend on various factors, including, but not limited to geographical location, experience level, knowledge, skills and abilities. The total compensation package for this position may also include other elements, including a sign-on bonus, restricted stock units, and discretionary awards in addition to a full range of medical, financial, and/or other benefits (including 401(k) eligibility and various paid time off benefits, such as vacation, sick time, and parental leave), dependent on the position offered. Details of participation in these benefit plans will be provided if an employee receives an offer of employment. If hired, employee will be in an “at-will position” and the Company reserves the right to modify base salary (as well as any other discretionary payment or compensation program) at any time, including for reasons related to individual performance, Company or individual department/team performance, and market factors.

We will ensure that individuals with disabilities are provided reasonable accommodation to participate in the job application or interview process, to perform essential job functions, and to receive other benefits and privileges of employment. Please contact us to request accommodation.


At Novartis, we are reimagining medicine.

Our purpose is to reimagine medicine to improve and extend people's lives. We use innovative science and technology to address some of society's most challenging healthcare issues. We discover and develop breakthrough treatments and find new ways to deliver them to as many people as possible.

Novartis has one of the industry’s most competitive pipelines. Many of these projects, which include new molecular entities as well as additional indications and different formulations for marketed products, are for medicines that could significantly advance treatment standards for patients worldwide.

We have entered an exciting era in health and biomedical innovation. Powered by our incredible colleagues, supported by our flexible-hybrid working model, new AI powered learning, personal growth and career platform and a refreshed commitment to diversity, equity & inclusion, we are well-poised to help lead this transformative moment for our industry and for ourselves. Join Us!

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